Don's Blog: Clay Shaw and Alfred J. Moran

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Clay Shaw and Alfred J. Moran

Alfred J. Moran figured somewhat prominently (but behind the scenes) in the evidence presented against Clay Shaw at Shaw's trial. As I explain in some detail in my biography of Clay Shaw, Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw, Alfred Moran dropped some information at a social gathering in the fall of 1967, after Shaw's initial trial date had been postponed. The trial was reschedule to begin in about four or five months, and it was during this period that the evidence of Shaw's supposed visit to the Eastern Airlines VIP room, where he allegedly signed the guest register using the name "Clay Bertrand," was being developed. Alfred Moran had been present in the VIP Room on the date in question, and the information he gave was consistent. However, it was garbled in a series of CIA memos (a CIA employee who knew Moran had been present at the social gathering where Moran discussed his knowledge of the event. Confusion about the nature of that information caused noticeable confusion at the CIA for a period.

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